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Below a snapshot of some of our researchers with expertise in the field of politics.

For specific questions or to get in touch with a researcher not listed on this page, please call the UvA Press Office on +31 (0)20 525 2695 or send an email to

Akkerman, Tjitske, FMG, Challenges to Democratic Representation

Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Dr Tjitske Akkerman

Tjitske Akkerman is a political scientist carrying out research on the development, ideas and policies of populist radical right-wing parties in Western Europe.

T: +31 (0)20 525 3515

Besselink, Leonard

Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Leonard Besselink

Leonard Besselink is professor of Constitutional Law, whose focus is on the study of constitutional law. His areas of expertise are constitutional law, the constitution, human rights, European integration and constitutional aspects of democracy and the rule of law.

T: +31 (0)20 525 3966

  • prof. dr. L.F.M. (Leonard) Besselink | T: 0205253451

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Sanne Kruikemeier, Political Communication & Journalism

Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Dr Sanne Kruikemeier 

Sanne Kruikemeier is a communication scientist. Her research focuses on the role played by social media during election campaigns (and at other times). In addition, she conducts research on the consequences of the online news people read. Lastly, her research is concerned with the role played by journalists in a changing media landscape. 

T: +31 (0)6 5166 7266

Prof Sarah de Lange

Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Sarah de Lange

Sarah de Lange is professor by special appointment and political scientist. Her areas of expertise are extremism, populism, radicalism, political parties (particularly radical right-wing, populist and social democratic parties) and the formation of governments.

T: +31 (0)20 525 1269

Prof Ton van der Meer

Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Tom van der Meer

Tom van der Meer is professor of Political Science. His areas of expertise are confidence in politicians and in the administration of justice, political participation, political preferences, social cohesion, ethnic diversity, opinion polls and research methodologies.

T: +31 (0)20 525 5304

  • prof. dr. T.W.G. (Tom) van der Meer | T: 0205255304

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Liza Mugge

Credits: Jan Willem Kaldenbach

Dr Liza Mugge

Liza Mügge is a political scientist whose expertise include political transnationalism, diversity and inequality on the basis of gender and ethnicity. She conducts research into the political representation of women and ethnic minorities.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2173

Credits: Liesbeth Dingemans

Dr Roland Pierik

Roland Pierik is associate professor of Legal Philosophy at the Faculty of Law. His current research primarily focuses on the (legal) regulation of vaccination against infectious diseases. He is a member of the Vaccinations Committee of the Health Council of the Netherlands.

T: +31 (0)6 23360191

Prof. Annette Schrauwen

Credits: Jeroen Oerlemans

Prof. Annette Schrauwen

Annette Schrauwen is professor of European Integration, whose focus is on the right to citizenship and history. Her research mainly concerns the concept of European citizenship and the rights and obligations this entails, as well as the associated developments in the administration of justice and legislation.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2971 / 2951

  • prof. dr. A.A.M. (Annette) Schrauwen | T: 0205252971

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J.J.B. Turpijn

Credits: unknown

Dr Jouke Turpijn

Jouke Turpijn is a historian who specialises in the political culture and public history of the Netherlands over the two last centuries. His areas of expertise are parliamentary culture, adolescents and political engagement, the 1980s, popular historical culture, public opinion and public discontent.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2094 / 4464

Rens Vliegenthart

Credits: Dirk Gillissen

Prof. Rens Vliegenthart

Rens Vliegenthart is professor of Communication Science. His research focus is on the way the media report on political actors and social movements. His areas of expertise are political communication, election campaigns and the relationship between journalists and politicians.

T: +31 (0)20 525 6117

de Vreese, Claes

Credits: Bram Belloni

Prof. Claes de Vreese

Claes de Vreese is professor of Political Communication. His research focuses on the European Union, political journalism, election campaigns, the contents of news media and the effect they have on public opinion and behaviour.

T: +31 (0)20 525 2426

Published by  UvA Persvoorlichting

25 June 2018